Guys Who Rock: Louis Johnson
Boys, boys, boys. Here at CollegeCandy, we love them. A lot. And being that we have a lot of time on our hands to search for them on the web, we thought we’d use it to our advantage and yours and bring you a little eye candy that not only makes us drool but also tugs at our heartstrings. So here’s your chance to meet some of the most talented guys in the world…who rock. Like, for real. (They’re musicians, people.)
Name: Louis Johnson
Location: Wellington, FL
Type of Music: Indie/Acoustic
Why He Rocks: Watching Louis on My Life as Liz is pretty great, but getting to talk to him is so much better. He’s hilarious. You can find out for yourself because, lucky for you, he’s on tour right now with his band, Augustine!
How long have you been singing and playing the guitar?
I’ve been singing for my whole life. My dad’s a musician so he got me into it early. I started playing drums when I was 6… I was beating on whatever I could. Then I got a Ludwig kid set and then I kept playing drums until I was about 13 and then I started playing guitar so I could play in this band in high school called Odd Man Out. I really have been doing it my whole life.
Where are you from?
I’m from Wellington, Florida, which is a suburb of West Palm Beach. I definitely can’t complain; the beaches were perfect all the time. I spent a lot of my time there going skin boarding, where you put the little board down on the sand and then surf the waves in.
Was it always a dream of yours to turn your talent into a career?
When I was really young I wanted to be a baseball player, but other than that, I always wanted to be a musician. It has always been my dream. My dad has always supported me kind of doing what he set out to do when he was younger. He ended up becoming a lawyer and had his law degree before he even went into music, but I’m trying to start early and do what I want first and see what happens from there.
How did Augustine come about?
Well, I started going to college in St. Augustine where Jordan is from and I kind of just went up there for freshman year of college and ended up meeting Jordan through friends. I showed up at a taco night at one of her friend’s houses and she was there and had her guitar and all of our friends were doing their thing and we ended up just sitting there the whole night playing guitar together. Then everything just fell into place. We really liked each other’s songs and music, and kind of started writing and playing together around town.
Is there more behind the name of the band besides the city you two started playing in?
We actually didn’t want to name ourselves Augustine. We were like “no, no, no, that’s too obvious,” but we kept coming back to it. We were going through thesauruses and music dictionaries trying to figure out what a good name for us would be, but didn’t get any good ones. Then we were going to be on this show, not My Life as Liz but another one that ended up not happening, and they said we needed a band name. And we were like “crap, crap, crap… Augustine!” We just kept coming back to it and it ended up sticking and we really like it now. It was one of those things where when we were living in St. Augustine, we were, like, thinking everyone was going to be like, “Augustine…cool,” but I mean, if you’re not from St. Augustine you wouldn’t think about it like that.
Now some questions with the ladies of CollegeCandy in mind…
What qualities must a girl have for you to date her?
Individuality. That’s definitely the most important thing. I hate it when a girl is too exactly like all other girls and not doing anything for herself on her own. That’s pretty much the biggest one. I mean as far as looks go, I never date a girl that looks like a girl that I’ve dated before. I guess I don’t really have a type in looks, but I go for someone who’s nice. And honesty is also a big thing… Someone who can be real with you all the time.
Where would you take a girl on a date if cost wasn’t an issue?
Anything I want? Then I’d fly somewhere! If cost isn’t an issue, I’m goin’ to the source! If you like Indian food, we’re going to India. If you like French cuisine, we’re going to France. Paris. You know what I mean? We’re going on a date.
What’s your most embarrassing moment?
Embarrassing moments for me? I’m just so cool… ya know? I just don’t ever embarrass myself. Okay, that’s not true at all. I mean, an embarrassing thing that probably happens to everyone is when you’re posing for a picture and it’s on camera mode. Happens to me all the time.
But one time I was at a show and we were at a Christian school… and I didn’t know it was a Christian school. We were talking about Twitter and Jordan (the other member of Augustine) was like, “Do you tweet or do you twat?” The school just went silent and we were like, “what?” and since it was a Christian school, they were like “not cool…” And then somebody was trying to hit on her from the crowd and she was like, “What up, I don’t bite” and I was like, “Have you seen the movie Teeth?” She didn’t know what I was saying, but everyone else knew what I was saying and they didn’t appreciate it. That was pretty embarrassing. This was all at the same school. Yeah, they’re probably not going to have us back.
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Buffalo chicken sandwich!
What’s something you can’t help but indulge in?
Watching movies from the ’90s that I used to watch as a kid? Yeah, I can’t think of anything else at the moment.
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